The final match of a busy Sunday in the National Football League comes from Lambeau Field as the latest leg of the biggest rivalry in football makes up the Sunday Night Football when the Green Bay Packers host the Chicago Bears.
Divisional matches are always crucial at any time in the season but there will be no better way for both these sides to begin their campaigns than with a win in the division against a bitter rival so this will be a great way to begin Sunday primetime matches.
Green Bay Packers
It was a season to forget for the Green Bay Packers last term although that was down to the injury to Aaron Rodgers. With their starting quarterback back in position this time around they will be expecting to get back to dominating the division and pushing for the postseason but I’m not convinced it will come as easily as that.
Rodgers has lost a couple of key weapons on offense not least his favourite receiving target Jordy Nelson so it will be interesting to see who he can bring into the game. It might be that while Rodgers is establishing new relationships on the field he will need his defence to step up and help him out a little. They could do with a good game from their defence.
I sense there is a good deal of optimism around Soldier Field heading into the campaign. They should be much better than their five wins last term and the arrival of Khalil Mack will do nothing to dampen down the expectation. He should certainly pep up a defence which in fairness was fairly strong as it was.
The success or otherwise of the Bears will be determined by their offense and with that in mind they will need to see a marked improvement in Mitchell Trubisky who is heading into his second season. Jordan Howard is another big player for the Bears and he will need to run hard if he is going to keep the chains moving here.
I always think that matches with returning quarterbacks are hard to bet on purely because of the doubt over how they will be. This one may not fit into that sphere because Rodgers is Rodgers but seven points on the handicap does feel about right I must say.
I think Jimmy Graham will want to make a statement for his new franchise here and the 38.5 receiving yards line on him looks very low. Admittedly he had a nightmare time of it in Seattle but I expect to see him back to his New Orleans form with a quarterback who will find him regularly. In tight situations I fancy Rodgers to target him so over 38.5 receiving yards will do me.
Back J.Graham – Over 38.5 receiving yards for a 4/10 stake at 1.83 with BetVictor